Google to Unveil Open-Source Phone Software

'Android' will bring familiar Google apps onto handsets
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2007 1:05 PM CDT
Sergey Brin and Larey Page, Google founders.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Google is set to unveil Android, a mobile phone software platform based on open-source technology which could be a bellwether for an industry sea change, reports. A press conference next week is expected to unveil the platform and give specifics on its collaborators, dubbed the "Open Handset Alliance." Surprisingly, it may include most of the major cellphone tech firms.

The software is said to incorporate Linux-based software, whose modularity is appealing for mobile phone use because limited handset resources can be efficiently allocated. Google is not only looking to expand itself but fundamentally change mobile computing, creating the independence between software and hardware that exists for PCs, but which the cellphone industry has, at least so far, vigorously resisted.